leafy life – better life

Aquaponics growing leafy greens, with chard in...

Aquaponics growing leafy greens, with chard in the forefront. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hydroponics with leafy vegetables.

Hydroponics with leafy vegetables. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A bundle of collard greens, from an o...

English: A bundle of collard greens, from an organic food co-op. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) with vari...

English: Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) with variously colored stems on sale at an outdoor farmers’ market in Rochester, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To encourage you to put more leafy vegetables on your plate, WebMD asked Nussinow to rank the country’s most widely-eaten greens from most nutritious to least. Here’s our top 10 list:
Kale: This nutrition powerhouse “offers everything you want in a leafy green,” says Nussinow, who gave it her first-place ranking. It’s an excellent source of vitamins A C, and K, has a good amount of calcium for a vegetable, and also supplies folate and potassium. Kale’s ruffle-edged leaves may range in color from cream to purple to black depending on the variety.

  1. Before cooking with kale, collards, turnips, and chard, Nussinow recommends swishing the greens in a water-filled sink, draining the sink, then repeating this rinse until the leaves are dirt-free. Her favorite cooking method for these four greens is to rub the leaves in olive oil or tahini (sesame paste) and cook them for five minutes with garlic, olive oil, and broth.

Collards: Used in Southern-style cooking, collard greens are similar in nutrition to kale. But they have a heartier and chewier texture and a stronger cabbage-like taste. “Collards are an under-appreciated vegetable and most people don’t know about them,” suggests Nussinow. She says they’re also popular with the raw food movement because the wide leaves are used as a wrapper instead of tortillas or bread. Down South, collards are typically slow cooked with either a ham hock or smoked turkey leg. A half cup has 25 calories.
Turnip greens: “If you buy turnips with the tops on, you get two vegetables in one,” Nussinow tells WebMD. Turnip leaves are another Southern favorite traditionally made with pork. More tender than other greens and needing less cooking, this sharp-flavored leaf is low in calories yet loaded with vitamins A,C, and K as well as calcium.
Swiss chard: With red stems, stalks, and veins on its leaves, Swiss chard has a beet-like taste and soft texture that’s perfect for sauteeing. Both Swiss chard and spinach contain oxalates, which are slightly reduced by cooking and can bind to calcium, a concern for people prone to kidney stones. Chard contains 15 calories in one-half cup and is a good source of vitamins A and C. Nussinow likes to make a sweet-and-sour chard by adding raisins and vinegar to the cooked greens.
Spinach: Popeye’s favorite vegetable has 20 calories per serving, plus it’s packed with vitamins A and C, as well as folate. And because heat reduces the green’s oxalate content, freeing up its dietary calcium, “cooked spinach gives you more nutrition than raw,” says Nussinow. Spinach leaves can be cooked quickly in the water that remains on them after rinsing, or they can be eaten raw in salads. Bags of frozen chopped spinach are more convenient to use than block kinds, and this mild-flavored vegetable can be added to soups, pasta dishes, and casseroles.
Mustard greens: Another Southern green with a similar nutrition profile to turnip leaves and collards, mustard greens have scalloped edges and come in red and green varieties. They have a peppery taste and give off a mustardy smell during cooking. Their spiciness can be toned down by adding an acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice, toward the end of cooking, suggests Nussinow. Cooked mustard greens have 10 calories in one-half cup.
Broccoli: With 25 calories a serving, broccoli is rich in vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and folate. Americans eat about 6 pounds of it a year. Its stalks and florets add both crunch and color to stir-fries. While some kids may call this veggie “trees,” they often like it best raw or steamed with a yogurt-based dip. Nussinow mixes fresh broccoli into her pasta during the last three minutes of cooking so both are ready at the same time.
Red and Green Leaf and Romaine Lettuce: A familiar sight in salad bowls, these lettuces are high in vitamin A and offer some folate. Leaf lettuces have a softer texture than romaine, a crunchy variety used in Caesar salads. Fans of Iceberg lettuce may go for romaine, a crispy green that’s better for you. Nussinow points out “the darker the lettuce leaf, the more nutrition it has,” making red leaf slightly healthier than green. If you don’t drown lettuce in a creamy dressing, one cup contains 10 calories.
Cabbage: Although paler in color than other leafy greens, this cruciferous vegetable is a great source of cancer-fighting compounds and vitamin C. Nussinow considers thisversatile green “the workhorse of the kitchen.” Available in red and green varieties, cabbage can be cooked, added raw to salads or stir fries, shredded into a slaw, or made into sauerkraut. It’s also a staple of St. Patrick’s Day boiled suppers and can give off a strong smell when cooking. One-half cup cooked has 15 calories.
Iceberg Lettuce: This bland-tasting head lettuce is mostly water. But it’s the country’s most popular leafy green and each of us eats about 17 pounds of iceberg a year. While tops in consumption, it’s last on our list for its health benefits. “It’s not devoid of all nutrition, but it’s pretty close,” Nussinow tells WebMD. Although we’re eating less iceberg than we did two decades ago, it’s still a common ingredient on hamburgers and in taco salads. “It can be a starter green,” says Nussinow, to draw people into a broader array of salad greens.
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/leafy-greens-rated
Incorporating more leafy greens into your daily diet can provide many benefits including health, weight and mental improvements. Adding spinach to salads or making collard greens as a side dish is all it takes to start reaping the rewards of these kinds of foods. Leafy greens cook down so easily that even those who don’t like these veggies can find ways to incorporate them into their regular eating habits. If you still aren’t convinced of the importance of leafy greens, check out these five important benefits you’ll get if you consume them on a regular basis.
Easily Manage Your Weight
Adding more leafy greens into your daily diet can play a dramatic role in your efforts to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight. They’re so nutrient dense that you can consume a lot of food for just a few calories. In fact, most greens have less than 25 calories per cup which means you can fill up on as much as you like without packing on the calories. Leafy greens are virtually fat free and the little bit of carbohydrates they provide are full of fiber which is also important in aiding weight loss.
Keep Your Heart Healthy
Leafy greens are known for controlling blood pressure and blood sugar levels which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Furthermore, the more of these vegetables you eat the less room you have for fattier, less healthy fare and the more satisfied and full you’ll feel throughout the day. Many studies such as the Adventist health study conducted by Loma Linda University show that eating a higher amount of leafy greens results in a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease by more than 11 percent.

Keep Your Body Healthy
Consuming at least two servings of leafy greens on a daily basis will help keep colds, wrinkles and other illness away. This is because green vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards are full of phytonutrients and antioxidants which are known to fight anything from the common cold to cancer. Fresh or cooked, the important part is making sure that these veggies are made a regular part of a healthy diet.
Better Manage and Even Avoid Type 2 Diabetes
Due to the high amount of magnesium and the fact that leafy greens are on the low glycemic index, they’re perfect for those who are dealing with diabetes or trying to avoid it. Incorporating dark leafy green vegetables into your daily diet while limiting sugary, processed foods can make a big difference in your blood sugar levels and help keep potential disease such as diabetes at bay.
Protect Your Eyesight
Dark leafy greens contain a high amount of lutein and zeaxanthin. These are carotenoids that are considered vital nutrients to help prevent degeneration of the eyes. These kinds of veggies even protect against cataracts and can even help the elderly to avoid blindness due to macular degeneration.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/five-health-benefits-of-leafy-greens/

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Some things you ought to know… Carrots and Broccoli

Carrot (CARROT)

Latin: DAUCUS CAROTA

Apiaceae family
(UMBELLIFERAE Family)

Carrots – Health King! Studies show time and again the power to effectively fight disease. More than 200 human studies, carrots and repeated consistently appeared as one of the most important foods Cancer, along with greens, tomatoes and cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower). The Power Sector, also helps protect against other diseases, prevention of yellow pigments Orchestra – orange family Carotenoids: Alpha – carotene, beta – and of course Kriftoksntin beta – carotene, carotenoid common and suspect them.

The orange team

Carotenoids such as beta – carotene and alpha – typical carrot carotene, plus other phytochemicals, are also different concentrations in vegetables and other fruits.

Get the “orange team”:

Carrots
Sweet potato
Pumpkin
Squash
Orange Hotel

Who are you beta – carotene?

Beta – Carotene:

Pigment Yellow – Orange family of carotenoids.

The Carotenoids

Carotenoids are a large family of pigments responsible for the yellow color, orange and red vegetables and many fruits. Today recognized 600 carotenoids contributing to reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and blindness. Carotenoids may also slow down the aging process, reduce complications associated with diabetes, and improve lung function.

Beta – carotene is known between carotenoids and is also used as the main source of vitamin A (and therefore is called pro – vitamin A). Vitamin A is essential for vision, maintaining the proper functioning of the immune system, normal growth, maintenance of healthy skin and reduce cancer risk. Else, 50 other carotenoids are also a source of vitamin, although beta – carotene is common among them.

Beta – Carotene – long arms Cancer Fighter

Beta – Carotene cellular communications

Beta – carotene helps the type of cellular communications that can help prevent cancer. Abnormal communication between cells may be one reason overgrowth of cells, a condition that leads ultimately to cancer. Beta – Carotene Helps intercellular communication by activation of a gene, which created tiny openings in the cell and allows the transfer of information from cell to cell. Studies it appears that all the dietary carotenoids, including lycopene main, lutein and beta – Kriftoksntin, helping cellular communication, but beta – carotene does it better than the others.

Broccoli

Broccoli sprouts health food are first class.

Broccoli is a vegetable from the cabbage, cruciferous. For many years it is recognized as a health food. Tend to eat it steamed. But, if you want to keep most of the health qualities, it is important to eat him alive, or make him juice with carrots and other vegetables. Eaten broccoli sprouts contribute to health living.
 
Broccoli prevents diseases

Broccoli Juice health drink is considered first class. It contains a substance called Glokorofnin Lolforofo making material, a powerful anti-cancer. It has Teotziantim active substances in anti-cancer genes. Eating sprouts helps prevent and cure several types of cancer, especially prostate cancer.

It also helps to clean toxins from the liver. Broccoli juice has a high level of selenium and fiber – so this juice helps prevent cancer of the stomach and colon.

The juice provides protection from UV damage, and that the protection of the interior cells. At the same time, he does not bother to create vitamin D during exposure to the sun – use sun protection creams also interfere to create vitamin D.

Broccoli also has antioxidant capabilities, it reduces hypertension – blood and reduces risk of dangerous infections of the heart muscle and arteries.

Sulforaphane found in broccoli

Sulforaphane found in broccoli helps against Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. The remaining fibers contribute to the proliferation broccoli juice acidophilus bacteria in the intestines. It also lowers cholesterol levels.

Calcium which helps maintain bone mass and body fat burning. It reduces the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that increases excessive appetite and fat accumulation in the abdomen.

Broccoli also contains significant amounts of folic acid, it is always important but especially for pregnant women, it has a nice amount of vitamin C as an antioxidant and inflammation and it also helps the absorption of iron from food plants. When you combine broccoli juice with juices of other foods, such a combination has further increased ability to maintain health. Can be combined with celery juice, cucumber, cabbage leaves, a little ginger root, as well as carrot juice or apple that enhance the flavor of the juice involved.

Broccoli also protects against stomach ulcers and duodenal and gastric cancer. Daily consumption of broccoli sprouts or its flowers may greatly reduce the risk of gastric ulcers and duodenal or gastric cancer. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the United States conducted a study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research professional. In this study gave 30 men in Japan for two months to eat or about 70 C day broccoli sprouts or such amount of alfalfa sprouts. With the beginning of the experiment and participants were ultimately tests to detect fecal contamination with H. pylori causes chronic inflammation of the stomach, gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers to gastric cancer.

The researchers found that those who ate broccoli sprouts, bug infestation level decreased by 40% with the end of the experiment. Who stopped eating these sprouts within two months of the initial infestation is back to its level. Alfalfa sprouts had no effect on the bug infestation.

Green juice, green tea and smoothies

Green tea comes from the Far Eastgreen tea accounts for about 20% of the global tea consumption, especially in Asia and several countries in North America. In recent years, green tea has become increasingly popular in the West, for a variety of health benefits associated with it. Has been attributed to green tea are many health benefits, green tea helps in strengthening the immune system, the recovery process after a workout plus green tea raises metabolic rate in the body and thus helps in weight loss. Main advantage of tea is that it is completely natural, contains no added flavorings, colors or preservatives. In addition, tea without added sugar, honey is calorie-free beverage and is a vital element in maintaining the fluid balance in the body.

  • Lettuce juice: Lettuce delicious and nutritious. Dark varieties, such as the Arab lettuce are the most nutritious. Arab lettuce is an excellent source of calcium, chlorophyll, magnesium, iron, potassium, silicon and vitamins A and E. Lettuce especially useful for building Hhmogblin blood. Lettuce juice adds shine, thickness and health of hair and skin. Lettuce provides the hair roots essential nutrients. Silicon containing lettuce keeps muscles and joints flexible. Lettuce juice is beneficial in situations of: anemia, constipation, hair loss, insomnia, liver disorders, nervous disorders and weight reduction.
  • Spinach juice: Drives the gut (good for constipation). Fresh spinach juice no oxalic acid, but only cooked spinach.
  • Another green juice: Parsley juice (1/4 cup) with carrot juice (3/4 cup). Green juices cleanse the lungs. Thus smokers are also excellent. Vegetable juices are also rich in chlorophyll, which is important in the process of cleansing the body. It is used as antiseptic, anti-viral and anti-bacterial, red Maksur builds and enriches the blood iron. Fresh green bean juice plus cabbage sprouts backpack: This combination re-pancreatic cells. Mix with carrots, parsley, celery. Vegetable juices can also add a little green powder (of wheat grass / barley, Chlorella, Spirulina, etc.) or fresh wheat grass juice to complete them into something powerful and healthy. You can also add one or two herbs (parsley, dill, mint, cilantro, etc.), or seaweed Dulles (which is rich in protein, iodine and iron DULSE). Juices – What do we actually have? Vegetable juice as a daily supplement to your diet (2-3 glasses of juice a day). Juice fasting days – which are used in juices daily diet. These days drinking 5-6 glasses of juice a day, in addition for drinking water and herbal tea. Example juice: 1/3 cup carrot juice, 2/3 cup cucumber juice and celery or cucumbers and lettuce.

SUPER FOODS

Superfoods help keep us healthy and youthful. They potentially fight diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease and may even help slow the aging process. So what better foods to toss into your salads?

cucumbers, lemons, avocado and other greens

 Beets &spinach . Thanks to a unique pigment, called betalain, biting into a beet provides antioxidants, reduces inflammation and may help flush toxins out of the body. Beets are also rich in blood pressure lowering nitrates.Much of the research on carrots has traditionally focused on carotenoids and their important antioxidant benefits. After all, carrots (along with pumpkin and spinach) rank high on the list of all commonly-consumed U.S. antioxidant vegetables in terms of their beta-carotene content. But recent research has turned the health spotlight onto another category of phytonutrients in carrots called polyacetylenes. In carrots, the most important polyacetylenes include falcarinol and falcarindiol. Several recent studies have identified these carrot polyacetylenes as phytonutrients that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells, especially when these polyacetylenes are found in their reduced (versus oxidized) form. These new findings are exciting because they suggest a key interaction between the carotenoids and polyacetylenes in carrots. Apparently, the rich carotenoid content of carrots not only helps prevent oxidative damage inside our body, but it may also help prevent oxidative damage to the carrot polyacetylenes. In other words, these two amazing groups of phytonutrients in carrots may work together in a synergistic way to maximize our health benefits!